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    Koizumi congratulates Bush

    It’s yesterday’s news, but for the record, Koizumi’s reaction to Bush’s reelection was the expected one:

    The government Thursday welcomed U.S. President George W. Bush’s reelection, expecting that his administration’s policies toward Iraq and North Korea, both important issues to Japan, would be maintained.

    Government officials said they would talk to the second Bush administration over a host of bilateral problems to be tackled with the U.S. government.

    During the presidential race, the government was seriously concerned that the result could significantly affect the U.S. policy toward Iraq.

    Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry’s criticism of Bush’s Iraq policy contrasted with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s strong support.

    I noticed that, too.

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